Found December 27, 2011 on
Inside the Hall:
Courtesy of IU Media Relations, here are selected quotes from Tom Crean, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Remy Abell and Austin Etherington in anticipation of Indiana’s bout with the Spartans tomorrow night in East Lansing:
On Playing Michigan State:
“They have three guys in the top 15 in offensive rebounds in the Big Ten. You have to be fast, quick, and hold your position. They move the ball through Draymond Green, but he also leads the team in assists.”
“The ball moves at a pretty high rate. When you watch them and where they are now as opposed to where they were the first two games of the season it is easy to see they are getting deeper and better.”
“We have to have a strong mindset which begins in practice. We have to block out and we have to be relentless in pursuing the basketball and knowing where our man is at all times. Our transition defense will have to be at its best.”
On starting the Big Ten:
“Our guys understand how challenging it is in the Big Ten and at Mic...
BEST OF MAXIM
Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo met with the media following Indiana’s 80-65 loss at Michigan State on Wednesday night. Watch and listen to each player’s postgame comments in the embedded media players below:
Indiana head coach Tom Crean along with Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Remy Abell and Austin Etherington talk about the Big Ten opener at Michigan State on Wednesday.
Christian Watford had 26 points for the Hoosiers (12-1, 0-1), who overcame an 18-point first-half deficit with a 25-2 run, only to see Michigan State dig out of a 54-45 hole.
Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo have has plenty to celebrate
#13 Indiana at #16 Michigan State (-5.5), 7:30 PM
Perhaps no player defines his team quite as much as Draymond Green does Michigan State. It’s hardly surprising, given that the hefty senior leads the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocks, and steals, but it doesn’t make it less true – his strengths tend...
Cody Zeller was bound to have one of these nights eventually.
The four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week entered Wednesday night averaging 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds — both leading the Hoosiers — but the Spartans held Zeller in check all night. He finished with four points and three rebounds in 23 minutes — all season-lows.
Welcome to Big Ten basketball.
Part of the issue...
Tom Crean knew his Indiana team would have to grow up quickly once Big Ten play started. The 13th-ranked Hoosiers found out that one huge rally on the road against a team like No. 16 Michigan State isn't always enough.
Keith Appling scored a career-high 25 points and sparked a 20-0 second-half surge to help the Spartans hand the Hoosiers their first loss of the season, 80-65...
Thoughts on Indiana’s 80-65 loss to Michigan State:
Welcome to life on the road in the Big Ten against a strong defense.
What has come so easy for the Hoosiers on offense this season crumbled for long stretches up in East Lansing this evening.
Michigan State’s defense took the Hoosiers out of their comfort zone early. Their length and on-ball defense didn’t allow Indiana any...